The Arts and Humanities Research Council [AHRC] supports world-class research that furthers our understanding of human culture and creativity.

From ancient history and heritage science to modern dance and digital content.

Research into these subjects helps us to interpret our experiences, probe our identities, interrogate our cultural assumptions and understand our historical, social, economic and political context. It adds to the economic success of the UK, through its contributions to the knowledge economy and innovation agenda. The research we fund can lead to improvements in social and intellectual capital, community identity, learning skills, technological evolution and the quality of life of the nation.

News & Events

Important changes to AHRC funding schemes

In 2010 the AHRC, along with the other Research Councils, will be transferring its grants processing activities to the new RCUK Shared Services Centre. In addition, the AHRC office will be moving from Bristol to Swindon in June. These changes will impact significantly on the AHRC’s planned schedule of activities over the coming nine months.

Bringing Blackpool’s theatrical past to life

In this video podcast, Dr Vanessa Toulmin, Director of the National Fairground Archive at the University of Sheffield, discusses ‘Admission All Classes‘, a series of unique variety events.

Understanding genetic discrimination

At an AHRC/HGC hosted event, policymakers and academics offered their perspectives on the issue of genetic discrimination in order to reach a clear understanding of what genetic discrimination means today.

Lost Roman law code discovered in London

Part of an ancient Roman law code previously thought to have been lost forever has been discovered by researchers at UCL’s Department of History, as part of the AHRC-funded “Projet Volterra”.

Ian Dury inspires research into disability in music

Research at the University of Salford, funded by the AHRC, is shedding new light on experiences of disability as reflected in the work of disabled musicians such as Ian Dury.

What it means to be English?

New research released today shows that the recent resurgence in English Folk music and dance has had a significant impact on English identity.

‘sleep furiously’ continues to wow critics

Academic and filmmaker Gideon Koppel’s acclaimed film ‘sleep furiously’, part-funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), has won further praise, being listed by several critics as one of their films of the year.

AHRC Launches 2010 Library of Congress Scholarship Scheme

The AHRC has launched the fifth round of its Library of Congress Scholarship scheme offering AHRC funded award holders the opportunity to spend up to six months in the USA.

Opportunity for AHRC PhD Scholars to work in Japan

In 2010 the AHRC is again offering the chance for PhD students to enhance their research with time in Japan.

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